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The Ultimate Brilliant Earth Review: Bullsh*t, or Ethical Jewelry Leaders?

Marc Choyt | Apr 01, 2020 | Ethical Jewelry Expose
Honestly, a small-scale gold miner in Kenya or Peru could not care less about an “ethical” recycled gold wedding ring shipped to you in a recycled paper or wooden box. This ring has zero impact on their lives, and by choosing it over a Fairtrade Gold wedding ring, you are essentially supporting the status quo.

Fairtrade Gold vs Dirty Gold Infographic

Marc Choyt | Mar 17, 2020 | Ethical Outlooks
The difference between Fairtrade Gold and dirty gold runs deep. Let this handy infographic be your guide! Each link sends you to a short article explaining the aspect in question in a bit more detail. #NoDirtyGold

Responsible Jewellery Council: "A Trade Association"

Marc Choyt | Jan 21, 2020 | Ethical Jewelry Expose
In other words, the Council  is set up to seem like the Marine and Forest Council’s inviting a wide range of parties to the table. But ultimately, the Council is a trade organization.    This kind of specious reasoning—to emphasize one truth to hide a larger, more important truth, is a common theme in our exploration.

Jewelry, Neocolonialism, and Strange Fruit

Marc Choyt | Jan 21, 2020 | Ethical Jewelry Expose
The other individual told me of a conversation that took place on a flight while sitting next to the CEO of a major supplier, widely revered as an excellent source by ethical jewelers. The CEO extolled views of workers straight out of apartheid South Africa, circa 1948: hire miners known to have AIDS, because they are more easily disposable.  

Epilogue

Marc Choyt | Jan 20, 2020 | Ethical Jewelry Expose
When a Native American Pueblo elder who I’m close to told me about how his grandmother was enslaved at a mine run by the Spanish, I recalled a report by about Rio Tinto by the London Mining network which described a mine being run under “virtual slave labor.”

 
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